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Wilson County News December 16, 2015 3,967 views 11 comments
The Floresville City Council’s new majority momentarily succeeded in ousting Councilman Jim Miller from his seat during a contentious Dec. 10 meeting. . . .
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Once again I must thanks the Wilson County News for videoing and posting the council meetings. I departed the council chambers during the Dec 12th council meeting following the council's completion of Agenda Item 3a and subsequent... More ›
Once again I must thanks the Wilson County News for videoing and posting the council meetings. I departed the council chambers during the Dec 12th council meeting following the council's completion of Agenda Item 3a and subsequent return from the no-notice entry into executive session. I did not return to chambers so I was not privy to the interaction for the remainder of the session. I was watching the recordings and when Agenda Item 3c aired, I immediately open this comment section and started typing my comments. I initially thought that this item was a violation of the Texas Open Meeting Act because I thought it said "General Public". I just put my handbook back into it's place in my bookcase a bit disturbed. It does say "General Public" but also says that a meeting open to the public is one that the public is permitted to attend. It does not entitle the public to chose the items to be discussed or to speak about items on the agenda. The council can give members of the public an opportunity to speak and it even covers the council's ability to set reasonable limits , i.e. number, frequency, length etc. Section VIII. Open Sessions. Paragraph C - Rights of the Public also states that "...it may not unfairly discriminate among speakers for or against a particular point of view. It has a footnote 246 citing Tex. Att'y Gen. L.O-96111, at 1. I consider myself a member of the public and I have lived in Wilson County for over ten (10) years. For all who do not own property in this county, I have paid taxes to the tune of approximately $50,000.00 that supports the Floresville Independent School District, an estimated $30,000.00 for the electricity from the Floresville Electric Light & Power System, and an unknown amount of sales taxes from purchases in Floresville. I have donated unknown hours trying to rectify the sad state of Floresville Parks since Jan 2013. Let me count my time away from home, my family, etc. Two of the people currently sitting behind the bench played a significant part in the demise of the streets, the water, the sewer, etc. and now they even considering checking ID's??? Those of us who are Wilson County Residents are not Demons, rather we are human beings that have given of our time and resources. So can anyone tell us why there is a need to unfairly discriminate? In Fred's article to the editor a couple of issues past, his last line went something like this - Can't we agree to disagree? It seems to me that the intent of this council directive is to muzzle all who voice a disagreement. Control? You know, I have participated in the peanut gallery in council chambers for approximately eight years and have to wonder if the "...it's my way or the highway..." syndrome. Like Fred says in segment 3 of 5, we can't vote so explain the honest reason that the conduct of city councils today might be overhauled. One should compare the improvements seen in all infrastructure facets since the 2012 election. Why return to the decades of steady decline due to the rudderless leadership of past officials? Appointed members of city boards will once again resemble checkers - here today and removed tomorrow. Good hard working people who have the backbone to tell city officials "how the cow eats the cabbage" are removed or prevented to serve when they volunteer. Floresville City Council, please sheathe the Sword of Damocles.
retiredinlavernia lavernia December 17, 2015 3:11pm
I could not find anything. I did find one page that indicated he worked at AT&T which shocked me. How does a somewhat stable (I have owned stock for years that has been doing great) employ someone as corrupt as him???
Senior Citizen Wilson County December 17, 2015 3:03pm